Nelson Agholor caught seven passes for 161 yards, Javorius Allen rushed for two touchdowns and Southern California got off to an impressive start under interim coach Ed Orgeron with a 38-31 home victory over Arizona on Thursday night.
Cody Kessler passed for 297 yards and two touchdowns as the revitalized Trojans (4-2 overall, 1-2 Pac-12) survived Arizona’s second-half rally to win for Orgeron, the longtime defensive line coach who replaced the fired Lane Kiffin on Sept. 29.
Agholor caught a 62-yard touchdown pass and Tre Madden had a 63-yard TD catch in the first quarter for the Trojans, who had the Coliseum rocking as they roared to a 25-point lead in the first half.
B.J. Denker passed for 363 yards and four touchdowns for the Wildcats (3-2, 0-2) in their second straight loss.
KILL TO TAKE LEAVE
Minnesota coach Jerry Kill and the university announced Thursday that the coach is taking an open-ended leave of absence from the team to focus on treatment and management of his epilepsy, and it is uncertain when he will be able to return to the Golden Gophers.
When he wasn’t able to make it to a game for the first time in his coaching career last weekend against Michigan, Kill decided it was time to take a step back, put his health before football for once and try to get a handle on an issue that has removed him from the sideline twice in the past month.
PLAY ON, SOLDIERS
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has decided that football games and other sports will go on at the military service academies this weekend, and continue through the end of the month, despite the government shutdown.
No. 8 Louisville (6-0 overall, 2-0 American Athletic Conference) intercepted passes on back-to-back drives in the fourth quarter, the second by Terell Floyd to set up Teddy Bridgewater’s 6-yard touchdown pass that clinched the Cardinals’ 24-10 home victory over Rutgers (4-2, 1-1). … Quinn Kaehler threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, helping San Diego State (3-3, 2-0 Mountain West) rally for a 27-20 road victory over Air Force (1-6, 0-5) … Two U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen, Eric Graham and Joshua Tate, will face courts-martial in an alleged sexual assault at an off-campus party while a third will not, the academy’s superintendent decided. All three midshipmen were former Navy football players. … Cincinnati football coach Tommy Tuberville has settled a lawsuit filed by investors seeking to recover money lost in business deals. The lawsuit alleged that a hedge fund Tuberville helped manage defrauded clients of more than $1.7 million. … South Carolina All-American Jadeveon Clowney will start when the 14th-ranked Gamecocks travel to Arkansas after missing last Saturday’s Kentucky game with a strained muscle near his ribcage.